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The wealthy Christian Republican
by David Farside
May 20, 2013 | 3720 views | 6 6 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Republicans are at it again: Now they’re demanding cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. The food stamp program feeds one out of every seven poor Americans including undernourished children, the working poor and the starving elderly.

Last week, the House and Senate Agriculture Committee began deliberations on reducing the almost $80billion annual budget by three percent over a five year period. Republicans cited their Christianity as a basis to justify their reduction of assistance to the needy. Several of them talked about their faith in Christ saying the Bible encourages people to help each other but doesn’t dictate what the federal government should do. Rep Doug LaMalfa,   R-Calif. said   “we should be doing this as individuals, helping the poor.” In other words, collectively as a nation we shouldn’t be helping the impoverished and less fortunate who are poor by circumstance, not be choice.

Yet, Republicans do want their Bible to dictate what the federal government should do and what individuals shouldn’t do:  We can’t eliminate the word “one nation under God” from our pledge of allegiance to their Christian State because they believe our constitution was a message from God. Women’s rights are framed within the concepts of Christian superstitions and heresy born in the deep, dark dungeons of torture and self-depravation. And now we are finding out our Government has made it more difficult for charitable sectarian groups and Individuals to obtain a Non-Profit standing from the IRS to help administer to the needy, the poor and the hungry as republicans are suggesting.

While Republicans are starving the poor, they are helping the wealthy by refusing to increase the tax rate on the rich. Maybe they should look back in time when the wealthy were taxed at a higher rate than the working class.

To support the cost of the Civil War, Congress passed the first income tax law and established the IRS in 1862 .A flat 3% tax rate was paid on income less than $10,000 per year. A higher rate was paid on income exceeding that amount. In 1913, to help pay for the inevitable World War One on the political horizon, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was passed making the income tax permanent in the U.S. tax system. The amendment gave Congress legal authority to tax income and resulted in a revenue law that taxed incomes of both individuals and corporations.

For good or bad, our tax system is one of the cornerstones of our social progress as a nation. Roosevelt’s ‘” New Deal” and distribution of wealth was the fulcrum separating the proletariat from the aristocracy. Child labor was outlawed, creating more jobs at a higher wage for men trying to support a family. Social Security was established and federally funded public work projects stimulated our economy. Through our taxes, the human quality of helping each other was our nation’s highest social achievement. Something we all should be grateful for and proud of. Unless, of course,  you’re a wealthy Christian Republican.

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.
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Cirdan
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May 25, 2013
I recall an op ed written by an immigrant from, I believe, Pakistan. The writer was a PHD and White House Scholar.

His story was of a friend that won the lottery. Not Powerball, the Green Card lottery to come to the US. The guy threw himself a big party to celebrate his success.

The Phd asked him, "Why are you so happy to move far away from your friends, family and loved ones to a country that isn't really welcoming to Muslims?"

The friend replied "I've always wanted to live in a country where poor people are fat."
NVCondor
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May 25, 2013
So what you are saying is that Poor people in America aren't poor enough to elicit any compassion or empathy from you.

Is that level of callousness indicative of Christian beliefs and how they are practiced in the U.S.?
Dave J
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May 21, 2013
1 in 7 are undernourished? We very seldom hear of people starving to death in the USA but we do hear of the epidemic of obesity. 1 in 6 kids are over weight and 1 in 3 adults are obese. Perhaps we are doing too good of a job feeding people. Perhaps food aid should be given to only the under weight and let those who are over weight get a little hungry.
NVCondor
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May 21, 2013
Healthy or nutritious food is far more expensive than fat or calorie laden foods.

You can be obese and can still be malnourished.
True Believer
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May 21, 2013
David Farside it is apparent you are a leftist fool...

You blame a party when it is community that is responsible for each other not Government...

You attack Republican Christian what do you think their are no Democratic Christians...

It is a shame the Sparks Tribune would allow such garbage to be published...

The Tax system is a root to the abuse of our financial system make it fixed tax and all the abuse would no longer exist...

Lobbing would no longer have a place, Before you write such trash and attack a party because you have such hate maybe you should first think...

I bet if you did your research you would find the church and those so called bad Christians gave more than you or any of your Government ever did...

What was your donation other than the garbage you have supplied here...

God Bless

NVCondor
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May 21, 2013
It's far more important for Republicans, Christian or otherwise, to have tax breaks for the wealthy that it is to take care of their fellow man.

If True Believer doesn't like "our government" or paying his fair share of taxes, then I would invite him to move to a country that is he more philosophically in tune with.

Like Afghanistan.
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